The 8 Best Live Shows in Shanghai This Week

By That's Shanghai, November 20, 2019

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That's Shanghai takes a look at the best live shows in town this week.

Nov 20: Deafheaven

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Deafheaven, who have left an undeniable footprint on modern metal, will play Bandai Namco on November 20. Described by Rolling Stone as a “boundary-pushing blend of black metal, shoegaze and post-rock,” Californian post-metal five-piece Deafheaven combine screamo vocals and pounding drums with surprisingly melodic guitars to mesmerising effect. Following on from their critically acclaimed 2018 album Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, which featured the Grammy-nominated single ‘Honeycomb,’ the band’s China tour promises to be something very special indeed.

Nov 20, 9pm; RMB160 presale, RMB200 door. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 21-22: Cubanismo-Tribute to Ruben Gonzalez & Benny More

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Cubanismo! has recorded seven albums and has toured more than 50 countries worldwide performing at the world's biggest Jazz festivals, theaters, art centers and dancing halls. In 2008 their release Greetings from Havana (Aim Records) was Grammy-nominated for Best Tropical Latin Album.

Nov 21-22, 7.30/10pm; RMB180-360. Blue Note Shanghai. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 22: Fazi

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Xi'an rockers Fazi drop into Shanghai this weekend for a show on their China tour, following on from a recent independent release with fellow Maybe Mars band, Hiiperson, called Day & Night. We don't regularly get an appearance from the excellent rockers in Shanghai so this is a treat. Support will be provided by post punk, Television impressarios Mirrors on the evening. 

Nov 22, 8.30pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 22: Yogee New Waves

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Japanese band Yogee New Waves are one of the foremost Japanese bands keeping city pop alive. They head to China for a number of shows, plus appearances at Modern Sky’s Strawberry Festival, on the back of their March release, album BLUEHARLEM

Nov 22, 8.30pm; RMB200 presale, RMB280 door. Modern Sky Lab. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 23: New Noise 10 Year Anniversary

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Celebrating 10 years of awesome shows in China, New Noise have a big November planned. Besides bringing bands like Mum and Deafhaven on tour, New Noise bring together Blue Foundation, Mum and Dalian post rocker Wang Wen for a show in Shanghai this month. 

Nov 23, 8pm; RMB260 presale. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 23: Gang of Four

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After canceling their tour dates in China after sole-remaining member from the release of their seminal punk album, Entertainment!, Andy Gill injured himself at a show in Brooklyn, these iconic rockers are finally making their way to China. 

Nov 23, 8.30pm; RMB280 presale, RMB330 door. Modern Sky Lab. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 24: Kafe Hu

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Sichuan rapper Kafe Hu, who has been integral in helping to establish the Chengdu rap scene, swings into Shanghai this weekend. The musician's conscious hip hop efforts have driven forward the genre in the country, with significant efforts including 2017's KAFREEMAN

Nov 24, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 24: Shengjian Records – Hiding in Your Room

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Shanghai and Hangzhou based label Shengjian Records have put together this excellent little showcase on a quiet Sunday evening. If you're free, you should swing by to catch excellent bands like Kirin Trio (Xiamen), Atta Girl (Shenzhen), Zoogazer (Xuzhou) and Happy Little Cat. 

Nov 24, 8pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Yuyintang Park. See event listing. Tickets

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